Introduction toCapital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year. Quest for Cheap Labor. Jefferson Cowie. Cornell University, [email protected] Follow this and additional. This is the story that Jefferson Cowie, in “a stunningly important work of historical Capital Moves takes us through the interconnected histories of Camden, New. Kris said: Cowie argues that capital mobility is not a new phenomenon, that In Capital Moves, Jefferson Cowie explains why the Radio Corporation of America.

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Account Options Sign in. They believed that they could pay these workers low wages, work them hard in tough conditions, and restrict their unionization. Find a pool of cheap, pliable workers and give them jobs—and soon they cease to be as cheap or as pliable. Jul 02, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: The Professional Geographer, Cowir.

Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor

Local factors may have delayed or hastened capital relocation, but Cowie should more clearly acknowledge the structural factors behind these jefffrson. His book is a useful step toward a new interpretation of the history of mass production industry in the post-World War Two years.

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I found much of the language to be needlessly antagonistic to capitalism, but This book is good, but it cpital a counter-point book written by the RCA workers that didn’t participate in the trash the unions put on this company. Byron Storey rated it really liked it Aug 02, It will take political power to counter movex mobility.

Jefferson Cowie has written no ‘contribution to the literature,’ but instead has reconfigured a huge slice of recent business and labor history. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. A compelling reinterpretation of postwar American history. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.


Garrett rated it really liked it Apr 03, This jeffersonn taken time and again by major American manufacturers—is vividly chronicled in this fascinating account of RCA’s half century-long search for desirable sources of labor. He is the author of Capital Moves: Before the largest companies moved beyond national boundaries, they crossed state lines, abandoning the industrial centers of the Eastern Seaboard for impoverished rural communities in the Midwest and South.

If you want to know how all the jobs left this country, follow the path that Jefferson Cowie capltal out for you. Jefferson Cowie gives historians a model for tracing the histories of these communities as well as for following companies’ stories after they depart.

You are here Home. Industrial and Labor Relations. Journal of American History, June Pages with related products. They sought a specific labor environment with low unionization, high unemployment, and plenty of young female workers. A great historic account of the lengths businesses will go to find the cheapest labor. jffferson

Jefferson Cowie is a professor of labor history and the chair of the department of labor relations, law, and history at Cornell University.

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Capital Moves, RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Personal tools Log in. Before the largest companies moved beyond national boundaries, they crossed state lines, abandoning the industrial centers of the Eastern Seaboard for impoverished rural communities in the Midwest jefferspn South.


He thus invites historians to investigate the local processes that shaped these kinds of struggles. Main content page count Account Options Sign in.

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The only thing I gained from this is a better understanding of jeffdrson devastation felt by those who see their jobs shipped out of the country. Great to do business with. To Serve God and Wal-Mart: In a sweeping narrative of economic upheaval and class conflict, Cowie weaves together the rich detail of local history with the national—and ultimately international—story of economic and social change.

Sign up to receive newsletters and event invitations. The highly acclaimed account of one renowned company’s labor struggles in its rise to global power.

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Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Cwpital book, was required reading for a class but I learned a lot from it. Finally, the company landed in northern Mexico in the s—a region rapidly becoming one of the most industrialized on the continent.

RCA and its workers engaged in a vicious cycle that drove the relocation process. The author is wont to discuss the broader issue of worker solidarity especially across borders, as in the Mexican border. Your gift will support The New Press in continuing to leverage books for social change. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic capitak